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Premature babies left unattended

By Sapa | 2010-08-25 06:46:12.0 | COMMENTS [ 47 ]

AT LEAST 53 premature babies were left unattended in some Gauteng hospitals during the public sector strike on Monday, Premier Nomvula Mokonyane told the legislature yesterday.

"When I visited some of the hospitals that were severely affected by the strike, I was told shocking stories of 53 premature babies who were left unattended when striking workers forced nursing staff to leave their posts," she said.

"Some of the babies were literally locked in the wards with no one bothering to make alternative arrangements for their care."

Mokonyane said while she understood that workers had a right to strike, it was wrong of them to disrespect the rights of babies.

"We all respect the right of workers to strike, but they must also respect the Constitutional right of these babies to live," she said.

Mokonyane said the government was grateful and thankful for the support it received.

"Government is very heartened by the volunteers, including professionals who selflessly offered their services to care for those in need when the striking government workers abandoned their posts.

"From the bottom of our hearts we say thank you for what you are doing to help us through this difficult period."



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am supporting the strike i do understand that they need to have a leaving wage, but please let us think for unhelpless child lying there, those people in the icu need extra care should they die because people need money? Vavi yena mhhh, he must leave volunteers to help, just imagine patients in the hospitals without anyone around them doors closed, they will die with fear.

2010-08-25 16:24:07.0 | 0 replies

There must be a better way to end ths strike after the gvmnt said there is no money to gv its employees,nd ths work no pay will still cause another strike after another.So mr vavi must end this strike nd find another way forward to negotiate with da gvmnt to make a better salaries for the employees.I mean how many lives must be lost due to ths strike b4 thy fnd da solution?come on ppl leave us to voluntee just to save some lives.

2010-08-25 12:40:25.0 | 0 replies

The saddest thing that can happen to any parent is loosing ur baby because someone was careless or negligent and even worse ignorant and selfish.
Unfortunately I work for the government and I unfortunately had the first hand experience of such incident. My gynea is at Medforum in Pta, i had an emergency due to low blood pressure had to be rushed to baragwanath so that i could be stabilised but due to my colleaques being on strike i couldn't get in and what hurts most is to have a ceaserian section to remove a dead baby inside ur womb. All in the name of Money some of us will live never to forgett what happened in 2010.

2010-08-25 12:08:18.0 | 0 replies

I don't think the public have ever received such detailed reports on what's going on in our hospitals from government EVER! It's incredible. Makes you wonder if these reports and minister's rolling up sleeves is not as the unions have said(scoring cheap political points). When there's no strike and babies are dying they are quick to say no one is to blame.

Of course the workers, especially their leaders, will not believe anything coming from government about there being no funds when they see so many close to the new administration getting rich so quickly. Ministers splashing on hotel stays, cars and houses. There are always funds to accommodate 3 first ladies and lord knows how many we don't know about, +- 20 children, bailing out failing parastatals because of cde deployment, extend the cabinet and their salaries(half of which we have no clue what they do. one of them is for women, children and disabled and not a word from them on women's month, the only thing we've heard from them is they hired Babsy and Steve kekana for a party at our expense).

2010-08-25 11:48:55.0 | 0 replies

Disgusting. I can't imagine this happening in Europe.

So let me get this right: nationalised hospitals come to a standstill. Private hospitals pick up the slack.

What's that Juju? Nationalise the mines? Let's see the govt run something properly first huh?

Time for a change. This ANC is past its sell by date.

How many nurses salaries does one minister's flashy car pay for?

2010-08-25 11:34:15.0 | 0 replies

I dont know how the polician things when the want us to vote for them they even go to the rural areas to see hoe we live now we voted for them they dont care people are diying for 1.5% imagin if all this 53 baibes gonna die how do they feel if it was their children would they allow the strike to take long couse they got money medical aid to go to private hospital the dont care one day the 53 babies would added the vote that they need to where they are no if the get increat the get bo 20%to 45% but the dont want to give 8.5 and R1000 please think about the diying people money can be made what the problem.

2010-08-25 11:33:38.0 | 0 replies

Guaranteed, at the end, the strikers will get what they want, but the collateral damage that it has cost is insurmountable. Let us agree to disagree, we have seen strikes, they are not a new phenomenal, but this one has demonstrated that we want to get what we deserve at all costs and to hell with the consequences, which is naive and short sighted.

I do not see the government being affected by strikers blockading hospital entrances, but the vulnerable, sick, helpless poorest of the poor, who cannot afford the prices at private hospitals or has no medical aid.

2010-08-25 10:37:02.0 | 0 replies

This strike is a big Exam for the Govt. It is an MGA (Masters of Government Administration) and the Government is failing dismally. I only feel bad that people are dying at hospitals.

2010-08-25 10:20:25.0 | 0 replies

@Joseng, President Zuma appointed Richard Baloyi as minister and his duties include dealing with public servants' salary negotiations. Do you want him to play stirker and goalkeeper at the same time. Nxa!
I sense some serious contradiction on the part of the constitution as expressed by Nomvula Mokonyane"...We all respect the right of workers to strike, but they must also respect the Constitutional right of these babies to live," which comes first Mev Mokonyane?
I support the workers demands only because Govt has made agreements with them in the past, and did not honour them.

2010-08-25 10:10:19.0 | 0 replies

I'm going to be a politician, then resign after a couple of tenders to become a business man

2010-08-25 10:09:23.0 | 0 replies

Nomvla butle mme!babies were dying long before the strike I did not here or see you visiting the affected public hospital, its a known fact that government is short staffed when it comes to nurses what have you done about that? wait I know your answer you goin to refer whoever is complaining to someone in health dept, take time off from your busy schedule and do likewise volunteer mme.

I feel for the mothers and the innocent bambinos.

2010-08-25 12:47:28.0 | 0 replies